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$1,950.00 Released January, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Modern style. Great sound quality - low extension with flat response. Good build quality.

The Cons:Somewhat odd looking / non-traditional for a subwoofer. Not great in a larger room - requires 2. High price.

The B&W PV1 is one of Bowers & Wilkins more exciting subwoofers just because of the way it looks. Instead of sticking with the traditional boxy feel, the company took the PV1 and designed a subwoofer to look like a sphere.

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The engineering steals ideas from deep sea pressure vehicles, the bubble shape ideal for handling the pressure differences that a subwoofer produces. The twin drivers function back to back and the driver diaphragms are made out of a three layer construction of mica cone, a concave aluminum outer skin, and an expanded polystyrene filler. The B&W PV1 is more powerful than the AS1 or AS2 with 500 watts of ICEpower amplification. It accepts speaker level and line level inputs and the input panel is hidden down at the base of the sphere. It comes in a choice of finishes: gloss black with anthracite trim, gloss silver with grey trim, and gloss white with chrome trim.


  • Sphere shape
  • Twin drivers
  • Three layer construction mica cone
  • Expanded polystyrene filler
  • Concave aluminum outer skin
  • Line level input
  • Speaker level input
  • 500 ICEpower amplifier
  • Active closed-box subwoofer system
  • Frequency range: -6dB at 18Hz and 40/140Hz adjustable (EQ at i)

User Reviews (1)

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    modern style

  • 1

    great sound quality - low extension with flat response

  • 1

    good build quality

  • 1

    compact size

  • 1

    high output for its size, with very little vibration

  • 1

    somewhat odd looking / non-traditional for a subwoofer

  • 1

    not great in a larger room - requires 2

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    high price

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petemad: #b_w_pv1 PV1's are beasts that's why they have won so many awards ???? Jan 5, 11
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